Government acted unlawfully by restricting ‘ethical’ boycotts of Israel, High Court rules – The Independent

‘The Government acted unlawfully by seeking to restrict “ethical” boycotts of Israel, the High Court has ruled. After accepting a judicial review, the judge said Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, acted unlawfully in issuing guidance to restrict local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel through their pension schemes.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2017

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UK adopts antisemitism definition to combat hate crime against Jews – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2016 in hate crime, Israel, Judaism, news, racism by sally

‘The government is to formally adopt a definition of what constitutes antisemitism, which includes over-sweeping condemnation of Israel, with Theresa May saying the measure will help efforts to combat hate crime against Jews.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2016

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Censorship or justified Concern? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Mrs Justice Whipple dismissed one claim for judicial review, and refused permission to bring a further claim, in respect of decisions made by Southampton University regarding a proposed conference on the legality of the existence of Israel under international law. She held that the University had lawfully withdrawn its permission to hold the conference in April 2015, and refused permission to challenge the University’s subsequent decision to require the conference organisers to meet the conference’s security costs as a condition of allowing the conference to take place at a later date. The conference organisers had claimed that both decisions represented an unlawful interference with their Article 10 right to free expression and Article 11 right to free assembly.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th May 2016

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Israel boycott ban: Local councils face legal action at High Court over boycott on Israeli goods made in West Bank – The Independent

‘Local councils are facing legal action at the High Court today over their decisions to impose boycotts on Israeli goods produced in “illegal” Israeli settlements in the West Bank.’

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The Independent, 4th May 2016

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Ministers seek to stop procurement boycotts through new guidance – Local Government Lawyer

‘Public procurement should never be used as a tool to boycott tenders from suppliers based in other countries, “except where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the UK Government”, ministers have said in new guidance.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17 February 2016

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Government to introduce rules to stop ‘political’ boycotts – BBC News

‘The government is to introduce new rules to stop “politically-motivated” boycotts by local councils.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2015

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‘Militant leftwing’ councils to be blocked from boycotting products – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2015 in Israel, local government, news, pensions, public procurement, sanctions, weapons by sally

‘Councils and local authorities are to be blocked from boycotting Israeli products or pursuing other foreign policy goals that conflict with the government.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2015

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Outcry as CPS drops trial of anti-drone protesters at last minute – The Independent

‘The prosecution of arms-trade protesters who occupied a British drone engines manufacturer has been dropped at the last minute, after the company refused to hand over evidence about its exports of weaponry to Israel, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 30th January 2015

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Judicial Speeches, Gaza Boycotts and Social Media Crimes – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, former leaders of the Khmer Rouge face life imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed in Cambodia. In other news, the on-going conflict in Gaza sparks controversy at home, while the Lords inquiry into social media offences reaches an unexpected conclusion.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th August 2014

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British arms sales to Israel face high court challenge – The Guardian

‘The government faces being dragged into the high court over the sale of military hardware to Israel in an unprecedented legal move that puts the UK’s controversial export policy on a potential collision course with the EU.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2014

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Israeli fraudster fights UK attempt to seize assets – The Independent

Posted March 19th, 2012 in assets recovery, extraterritoriality, fraud, Israel, news, theft by sally

“A jailed lawyer who defrauded Holocaust survivors out of tens of millions of pounds will ask the Supreme Court tomorrow to block an attempt by British police to seize his multimillion-pound assets. In a landmark case, the convicted fraudster Israel Perry is claiming the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has no powers to confiscate his luxury homes and valuable art collection in the UK and elsewhere in the world.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2012

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Supreme Court rules BBC need not reveal internal Israel-Palestine coverage report – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 15th, 2012 in BBC, freedom of information, Israel, media, news by sally

“The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that an internal BBC report into its coverage of the Israeli Palestinian conflict was ‘information held for purposes journalism art or literature’ and therefore need not be released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th February 2012

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Banned activist Sheikh Raed Salah to remain on bail – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2011 in bail, deportation, detention, inciting racial hatred, Islam, Israel, news by tracey

“An appeal judge has said a leading Israeli Arab activist, who was detained in London on the home secretary’s orders, should remain on bail pending the outcome of legal proceedings.”

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BBC News, 27th July 2011

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Amnesty International say police bill will let war criminals go free – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2010 in bills, Israel, news, war crimes by sally

“Britain was accused by Amnesty International of handing a ‘free ticket’ to suspected war criminals after the government published parliamentary legislation designed to make it more difficult to arrest Israeli officials and ministers on British soil.”

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The Guardian, 1st December 2010

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British government will fight legal attempts to indict Israeli leaders in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2010 in Israel, jurisdiction, news, war crimes, warrants by sally

“Baroness Scotland announces plans to alter laws after attempts to obtain warrants against Israeli generals for war crimes.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2010

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Israeli tourism posters banned by watchdog over controversial map – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2009 in advertising, complaints, Israel, news by sally

“A tourism campaign depicting the areas of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights as part of Israel has been banned by the advertising watchdog following hundreds of complaints.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2009

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Court backs BBC over Israel report – The Times

Posted January 26th, 2008 in disclosure, Israel, media, news by sally

“The Court of Appeal has upheld the BBC’s right not to disclose an internal report about the broadcaster’s coverage of Israel.”

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The Times, 25th January 2008

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Palestinian takes on UK in court – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2007 in human rights, Israel, news, weapons by sally

“A 60-year-old Palestinian will begin a case against the UK government in the High Court later when he will say that sales of arms to Israel are illegal.”

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BBC News, 10th October 2007

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